Pakiri

Site Information

This site is located approximately 8 kilometres North West of Leigh.

Take State Highway 1 to Warkworth, turn right at the Hill Street intersection, and follow the sign posts to Leigh.

In Leigh, turn left to the Fire Station and follow the road for about six kilometres up the large hill. Once at the top, and about 700 metres after view of Pakiri beach to the north, turn right into M Greenwood Road and drive to the end of the road to park by the gates.

Use the gate to your right and walk a few meters downhills to the site. The location is easy to see on the photo.

This site has specific conditions of use. See Access Conditions and Notes below.

Pakiri is one of the nicest coastal sites in the North Island but over the years the farmers have tolerated some ignorant behaviour by a few pilots. Despite this they have been exceptionally hospitable, so please treat them considerately.

The pictures below show the two launch sites and where vehicles are to be parked etc. The attached map indicates in red where the boundaries of the Auckland Regional Park are near our take offs. There is more park land West of Greenwood Road.

With the two sites being close, one almost in front of the other but slightly offset, in the rare event of both PG & HG operating at same time there will need to be some close liaison between pilots over launch procedure on the day.

The northern bowl take off (NE-N) is often the safest takeoff but requires humping hang gliders 400m and over a style onto the Cattlels hill-top toilet. This takeoff is also excellent for high glides to the beach and is best when the wind is to the north.

Some of the property owners on M Greenwood Road have put "Private Property" signs on their fences that could be misinterpreted as meaning the road itself is private. This is not the case and you can drive to the end of the road and park.

​Site Type

Coastal

Landing

The main landing zone is 1.5 kms north along sandy Pakiri Beach at the gap before the river.

The Pakiri Maori Trust own this area, including the locked gate exiting the beach. They have spent about $56,000 trying to stabilise the dunes, only to have these efforts wrecked by the public and bikes. Please respect their feelings.

An alternative landing zone is the cricket domain behind the beach.

The main take off can be used for top landing in light winds.


Pakiri Parking and Take Off

Pakiri Regional Park 2018

Weather and Wind Direction

North, North East

Mandatory Notices

The Council have the following conditions stipulated. Please see Notes below for more details.

  1. Vehicles must be parked outside the gate at the end of M Greenwood Road, and access to the site is by foot only so a short carry in for HG.
  2. Numbers using the site at any one time to be lower than 15.
  3. Permission to remain in place until the planning process is complete, provided conditions are adhered to.
  4. Any organised event where numbers of participants are higher than 15 must be approved under the Discretionary Use Process. This process requires submitting proposals at least four weeks prior to organising such an event.
  5. The clipping back of over long Kikuyu grass is fine, provided no area is left prone to erosion.

Site Radio Channel

None

Restrictions

Hang Gliding

HG Intermediate

Paragliding

PG 2 + 20 hours

Cautions

  1. The main take off (NE 600ft ASL), can be used for top landing in light winds. Beware of a long thin wire suspended directly in front of and below TO. In some conditions this wire is invisible.
  2. In NE winds the north bowl produces severe vertical rotor up to 800ft asl between the NE lying ridge-spine and the first Macrocarpa tree.
  3. Similarly the spine further to the N-W has busted three legs.
  4. Often the lift band is very wide when bariopressure is below 1015- hPa, and when a reasonable wind is present, but sometimes in very fine hot weather under light-wind conditions, it is not.
  5. Many accidents (one near fatal) have occurred when novice pilots have failed to reach the beach by landing on rocks or in the sea.
  6. The danger signs are; warm/hot temperatures, high barometric pressure, light wind strength, and inexperienced pilots.
  7. Instructors are cautioned about being duped by fine conditions such as >20-deg C; >1020 hPa, <12 kts, novice pilots.
  8. Low air-time pilots should also be cautious under northerly conditions about flying southwards to the main face or the big Eastern bowl as they usually do not make it back to a safe L.Z.

Airspace

Height ceiling is 6,500 foot A.S.L.

Access Conditions

Particular restrictions owing to seasonal farming requirements maybe imposed by the farmer, reference to be made to the site monitor before considering flying this site.

Site Monitor

Dennis 021 112 1622

Notes

Pakiri Site use by PG & HG

Several years ago, after this site was incorporated into the Regional Parks and the site closed, I had a series of meetings followed up by written submissions, which eventually led to Auckland Council agreeing to our again using this site, despite the Council having no Concept Management Plan in place to cover the parkland at Pakiri.

At the time this permission was granted for paraglider pilots only as hang glider pilots had negotiated use of a launch located on private farmland further to the east.

Over the last winter the hang glider launch has been rendered unusable by slips and relocation of a fence. Les Graham advised that the hang gliders had identified a suitable alternative adjacent to and in front of the PG launch. Given the very specific terms of the previous permission I have been back in touch with the Council and have now been successful in extending the permission to include HG, again subject to the conditions previously stipulated i.e:

1) Vehicles must be parked outside the gate at the end of M Greenwood Road, and access to the site is by foot only. (so short carry in for HG).

2) Numbers using the site at any one time to be lower than 15.

3) Permission to remain in place until the planning process is complete, provided conditions are adhered to.

4) Any organised event where numbers of participants are higher than 15 must be approved under the Discretionary Use Process (requires submitting proposals at least four weeks prior to organising such an event).

5) The clipping back of over long Kikuyu grass is fine, provided no area is left prone to erosion.

The picture above shows the two launch sites and where vehicles are to be parked etc. The attached map indicates in read where the boundaries of the Auckland Regional Park are near our take offs (there is more park land West of Greenwood Road).

With the two sites being close, one almost in front of the other but slightly offset, in the rare event of both PG & HG operating at same time there will need to be some close liaison between pilots over launch procedure on the day.

Tony Seaman

Sites Liaison

Mob 0274 933023

Site Achievements

February 1994 Dennis Marett, Hang glider pilot, recorded best distance from take-off here, 36.2 nautical miles into the Auckland Domain, compliments of the Westpac Helicopter Service.

Tommy Naimis and Brian Skellern, Hang glider pilots both got lost in clouds and found trees in the sky!